Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

30-year-old American Edward Snowden, a contract employee at the National Security Agency, is the whistleblower behind significant revelations that surfaced in June 2013 about the US government's top secret, extensive domestic surveillance programmes. Snowden flew to Hong Kong from Hawaii in May 2013, and supplied confidential US government documents to media outlets including the Guardian

WikiLeaks vows to reveal second country where NSA is recording all mobile phone calls

WikiLeaks vows to reveal second country where NSA is recording all mobile phone calls

WikiLeaks has pledged to reveal the name of a second country that is having virtually all of its mobile phone calls recorded by the US National Security Agency, despite a warning that leaking the information could 'lead to deaths'.

Tuesday, 20 May, 2014, 6:53pm 13 comments

Glenn Greenwald on Hong Kong's key role in Snowden's NSA document leak

Hong Kong's role in shaping Snowden reaction 'pivotal'

Hong Kong's "brazen" defiance in the face of US attempts to extradite fugitive whistle-blower Edward Snowden was pivotal in shaping the global reaction to one of the biggest government leaks in modern American history, said a journalist instrumental in breaking the story.

18 May 2014 - 10:23am 40 comments

James Bond producers to make Edward Snowden movie

Glenn Greenwald speaks in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP

The producers of the James Bond franchise will make a movie about US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, after Sony Pictures acquired the rights to the new book by journalist Glenn Greenwald.

15 May 2014 - 10:35pm 2 comments

How 'at peace' Edward Snowden gave press pack the slip in Hong Kong

How 'at peace' Edward Snowden gave press pack the slip in Hong Kong

Edward Snowden was “profoundly at peace” with his decision to leak national security documents, and even joked about the consequences, journalist Glenn Greenwald says in a new book.

14 May 2014 - 12:30pm 3 comments

Spy case legend hired by Edward Snowden speaks about five-decade career

Plato Cacheris and, inset, Lana Lam's "Snowden" exclusive on June 13 last year

A veteran lawyer who could hold the key to Edward Snowden's eventual return to the United States has spoken of his five-decade career cutting deals for some of America's most notorious spies.

11 May 2014 - 8:07am

Veteran lawyer Plato Cacheris: My career defending notorious spy cases

Plato Cacheris has been hired by Edward Snowden. Photo: Lana Lam

With such an eye-catching first name, Washington-based defence lawyer Plato Cacheris was never going to struggle for an audience. But don't ask this first son of Greek-American immigrants to be philosophical about his clients' crimes, regardless of their severity.

11 May 2014 - 7:12am

British lawmakers condemn oversight of spy agencies after Snowden revelations

The British Houses of Parliament in London. Photo: AFP

All-party parliamentary group demands reforms to make British security services more accountable

9 May 2014 - 11:27am 2 comments

Edward Snowden being ‘manipulated’ by Russia, says retired NSA director

Edward Snowden being ‘manipulated’ by Russia, says retired NSA director

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is being manipulated by Russian authorities, the former director of the US National Security Agency (NSA) reportedly said on Thursday, adding that he believed the leaks would cost lives.

9 May 2014 - 4:07pm 7 comments

Major US tech firms now telling users before they hand their data to government

Computer users may be told if data is being probed. Photo: Reuters

Major US technology companies have largely ended the practice of quietly complying with investigators' demands for e-mail records and other online data, saying that users have a right to know in advance when their information is targeted for government seizure.

3 May 2014 - 4:55am

Edward Snowden expects asylum status to be renewed in Russia

US government whistleblower Edward Snowden expects his asylum status in Russia to be renewed before it expires this summer, his lawyer said. Photo: Reuters

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who fled to Moscow last year after revealing details of massive US intelligence-gathering programmes, expects his asylum status in Russia to be renewed before it expires this summer, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

1 May 2014 - 2:50pm 13 comments

Edward Snowden defends his TV question to President Putin on surveillance

Journalists listen to a speech and a question posed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, at a media centre during Russian President Vladimir Putin's live broadcast nationwide phone-in. Photo: Reuters

Edward Snowden has defended his decision to appear on live Russian television, insisting his question to Vladimir Putin on mass surveillance was designed to hold the Russian president accountable and not, as critics have suggested, an act of compliant propaganda.

19 Apr 2014 - 1:24am 3 comments

Guardian, Washington Post share Pulitzer for Snowden exposé stories

One of Kevin Siers' award-winning cartoons. Photo: AP

The Guardian and The Washington Post shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on leaks from former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that revealed a global surveillance network monitoring millions of Americans and foreigners.

15 Apr 2014 - 9:25pm

Edward Snowden reporters Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras back in US

Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald receive an award for national security reporting for their stories on the spy programmes. Photo: Reuters

Two reporters central to revealing the massive US government surveillance effort returned to the United States for the first time since the story broke and used the occasion to praise their exiled source: Edward Snowden.

13 Apr 2014 - 6:00am

NSA snoops on major human rights groups, Edward Snowden says

Edward Snowden gives evidence to the Council of Europe. Photo: Reuters

The US has targeted prominent human rights organisations and spied on their staff, Edward Snowden said, in giving evidence to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Europe's top human rights body.

9 Apr 2014 - 10:52pm

US data smuggled by Snowden is 'in Russian hands', say US lawmakers

US data smuggled by Snowden is 'in Russian hands', say US lawmakers

Much of the classified data smuggled out of the United States last year by fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has likely been obtained by Russian intelligence officials, US lawmakers warned.

27 Mar 2014 - 5:45am